2nd Generation (1998—2004) A6 Problems

A6 owners with a 1998—2004 model year have the most problems with the engine (39%), transmission (21%), and the interior (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Tiptronic Transmission Failure 3 complaints at an average of 86,700 miles in the 2000 Audi A6.
  2. Torque Converter Lock Out Clutch Failure 1 complaints at an average of 81,000 miles in the 2004 Audi A6.
  3. Rear Bearings Wore Out 1 complaints at an average of 84,000 miles in the 2004 Audi A6.

What A6 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Audi model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2004 9 0 100 4.35
2003 4 0 97 2.78
2002 1 0 91 0.27
2001 1 0 72 0.27
2000 5 0 65 4.63
1999 2 0 51 1.06
1998 1 0 66 0.26

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